County council pledges 100 per cent renewable energy

Street lights and council buildings in East Sussex will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity from next year. The decision to switch to a new environmentally-friendly contract was taken as millions around the world took to the streets on the first day of a week-long climate change protest. Under the new contract, all […]

The future of the Isabel Blackman Centre – a ‘vital community asset’

The Future of the Isabel Blackman Centre in Hastings Old Town is back on the agenda and Age UK needs your support to try to save what they say is, ‘this vital community asset’ by signing their petition. Age UK East Sussex have been working with the Hastings and St Leonards Seniors Forum, Hastings Voluntary […]

Is a lack of facilities condemning local people to an early death?

Without the proper services to deal effectively with street drinking many local people are being condemned ‘to an early death’ according to Hastings Borough Council (HBC) leader Peter Chowney Street drinking he says has long been a problem in Hastings: “Earlier this year, large groups of street drinkers were congregating on the seafront and in […]

Green light for new crossing on The Ridge

County Councillors are set to give the green light to plans for a new crossing on The Ridge after a vigorous campaign by local councillor Martin Clarke. A consultation earlier in the summer showed that 79 per cent of local people wanted the crossing signal-controlled pedestrian crossing just to the south of the junction with Chowns […]

Five years of investment helps county’s economy thrive

Investment in the East Sussex economy has seen the creation of more than 2,000 jobs in the last five years, figures show. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) says it has worked with partners to secure more than £600m in capital investment since launching its growth strategy for the county in 2014. The investment, which is […]

Meet the tobacco dogs in Hastings next week

People have the chance to meet specialist tobacco sniffer dogs at a series of events in Hastings and Bexhill between August 12th and 16th. East Sussex Trading Standards is running a Tobacco Awareness Week, at which people can come along and find out more about the effects of smoking on health. People can also give […]

‘Crunch point’ council will need to make more ‘difficult decisions’

Ore Library, Mount Denys and the Isabel Blackman Centre have closed, childrens’ services are under threat and parking charges could rise steeply but still East Sussex County Council faces a £15m budget shortfall next year and £27m shortfall the year after that! Increased funding from Government is needed to protect vital council services. That’s the […]

Another County Council consultation – this time children’s services face the axe

Further cost saving by East Sussex County Council could see more than half the county’s childrens’ centre close. This week members of the Labour group on ESCC said the Children’s Service Early Help Strategy was causing ‘deep concerns’ and they urged members of the public to respond to a consultation being undertaken by ESCC that […]